profit profit profit Vs people people people
hello we are writing from Dalston theatre (hackney). You may or may not have heard of us: We have been occupying the building next to theatre since February this year. We took the step to occupy the theatre to halt the planned demolition and to raise awareness in our community (the Dalston and Hackney area) about the impact of this kind of "regeneration", which is far removed from the our real needs, and which is falsely imposed upon us. Decisions are taken by someone, working in one governmental development agency or another, that probably never spent more then a few hours on our streets, just long enough to take a few pictures, have a cup of coffee looking at us as something to be "regenerate". And also with the complicity of a blind and deaf council, that has revealed, year after year, their incapacity to work to improve, not just the lives of the few companies that accumulate a fortune while being based abroad, but the life of everyone.
We have been in the theatre for almost 8 months, long enough to give a new lease of life to a building that had been left to ruin. We set up a cafe and various activities and workshops, allowing us precious time to listen to peoples' opinions regarding the theatre specifically, and also more generally about Dalston and Hackney. We grew to understand that are many the ONE who don't like to see our community falling apart. But we also see how easy it is to fall back on the assumption that it is not in our power to effect change, whilst the feeling of being alone in front of this entity fuels disempowerment . It is this effect of alienation that we want to reverse in our community and even if in this days we lose the building we will carry our work and the activity we are organizing at the Peace Mural "circus" will not stop.
The last assault from the council is closer then ever, they will try to evict us very soon probably at the beginning of next week, we spend the last week to prepare for it and we are now ready to resist the eviction.
We call everyone to come to support the resistence. More update will follow.